Names, names, names. It seems that’s all we’re talking about lately. But, really, does the topic ever get old? Not for me, it doesn’t!
Okay, so here’s my two cents about gender-neutral names: While many of them are lovely enough names, aren’t there just such strong and good and right gender-specific names to use?
Many people think it’s bizarre that I don’t care for gender-neutral names, considering that I adore gender-neutral baby clothing and design. Perhaps part of me steers clear of them because our children are already going to have two moms; how much more different do we need to be? And as a lesbian mother, I cringe at the thought of anyone assuming I tried to make some political/social statement by using a unisex name. “Oh, those lesbians gave their boy a girl’s name. Couldn’t they have just used a regular name?” It’s not so much that I care what others think, or that I wouldn’t use an obviously political name if I loved it enough. It’s just that, in this case, I agree with these potential wonderers on one point: There are so many fabulous non-unisex names to choose from!
The following list of gender-neutral names actually blows my mind a bit. Elliot and Sawyer are so obviously boy names to me, just as Quinn is so very much a girl’s name to me (and yes, I know its roots stem back to a man’s name).
What do you think of this list? And of gender-neutral names in general? Take a look, after the jump!
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